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Technical Crate Motors From WALMART?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Speed Gems, Jan 27, 2020.

  1. Speed Gems
    Joined: Jul 17, 2012
    Posts: 2,640

    Speed Gems

    After reading a thread about too bore or not to bore a 350 Chevy block from @500caddy somebody posted a crate engine for 1,599.99 from Jegs , I recalled hearing WALMART had gotten into selling crate engines. But it looks as though they are from reputable builders and not re built by Walmart themselves.:eek::rolleyes: I was surprised however they are much more expensive then the Jegs or GM crate engine.

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  2. squirrel
    Joined: Sep 23, 2004
    Posts: 46,405


    walmart is now in the online sales business, and they act as a storefront for whomever wants to sell their stuff there, just like Amazon, and many other big outfits.

    see, it's not a Walmart engine, and the price got marked up by the middleman AutoPartsRunners.
  3. Yup, can not even park in front of store anymore. All those spots a reserved for pick-up.
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  4. arkiehotrods
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  5. DDDenny
    Joined: Feb 6, 2015
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    from oregon

    That right there is a PERFECT STORM!
  6. Mr48chev
    Joined: Dec 28, 2007
    Posts: 27,180


    You have to snoop the background of what ever thing you order like that be it from Speedway, Amazon or Amazon or who knows what. Amazon lists the name of the third party seller and can be a boost for the small guy. I got a flathead book direct from the author the other day that he had listed on Amazon. That gave him world wide sales potential.
    Checking this Walmart crate motor add and then checking Unbeatable Sale's website I'd say that they are drop shippers that give Walmart a cut and then place the order with GM to have the engine drop shipped to the customer. Thing is that you can buy that same engine from Jegs or Summit for a thousand dollars less and they may be the one shipping it to you .

    Always price shop big ticket items by the part number
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  7. partsdawg
    Joined: Feb 12, 2006
    Posts: 2,701

    from Minnesota

    Another reason to never step into a Walmart.
  8. We try to do as little business with wal mart as possible. There are small towns that are dying or already dead all across this nation. And its predatory pricing and cheep imported junk that is the root cause. The electric power tools the big box stores all sell are crap junk. I quit buying that junk. Went to estate auctions and bought old 50 and 60 year old ones that work great. and have aluminum cases. I certainly aint gonna buy any engines from Wal Mart. I seen this happen just last summer. A guy went to wal mart and bought a brand new air cond . Took it home plugged it in and it didn't work. Returned to Wal Mart and the service desk folks told him to take it to some repair place 50 miles away for warranty. If he had spent a little more money and bought it from the local heat and air guy. He would have got free delivery and installation. and it would have been working.
  9. hotrodjack33
    Joined: Aug 19, 2019
    Posts: 1,055


    X2. I figure the Walton family, and J. Bezos (Amazon) have enough $...and they aren't gonna get any of mine.:mad:
  10. jimmy six
    Joined: Mar 21, 2006
    Posts: 6,698

    jimmy six

    I buy Wrangler’s there. Sam’s is WalMart too. Water, Benefiber, and gasoline is about it...
  11. 41rodderz
    Joined: Sep 27, 2010
    Posts: 5,032

    from Oregon

    ^^^lol. I get my water from the tap and (crossed fingers) do not need Benefiber yet. :oops:
  12. leon bee
    Joined: Mar 15, 2017
    Posts: 499

    leon bee
    from Arkansas!

    Been something like 14 years since I been in one.
  13. Walmart came to the UK and bought their way into the supermarket business. Nobody liked they way they operated and they died on their arse

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  14. Sears & Roebuck sold crate Ford Flatheads for years.
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  15. My first car had a rebuilt Flathead from Sears.... 03222016.jpg 06272016_0002.jpg
  16. DDDenny
    Joined: Feb 6, 2015
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    from oregon

    Monkey Wards too.
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  17. Truck64
    Joined: Oct 18, 2015
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    from Ioway

    Glad I drive a pickup. It's green, too, so I got that goin' for me, which is nice.

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  18. My parents bought a lot of quality stuff from Sears. My father bought a rebuilt 283 short block it was bored .060 and had a .010 .010 crank. It was a good engine. after burning up several crap new sanders I bought a old Craftsman aluminum cased one at a estate sale. I still have and use Sears craftsman wrenches and tools I bought in the 60,s. Montgomery ward sold good tires. and their appliances where better than the sears Kenmore brand. and both of them where better than the imported junk we have today.
  19. Hnstray
    Joined: Aug 23, 2009
    Posts: 11,566

    from Quincy, IL

    I am NOT a fan or frequent buyer of Walmart goods........but Walmart has only succeeded because customers choose to buy price over quality. Eventually, even those of us who are willing to buy quality at a higher price, are so few in number, it becomes difficult if not impossible to buy quality items. The manufacturers go where the buyer’s are. No business puts others out of business.....only customers can do that by their buying choices.

    If you got a penny for every thread or post on the HAMB that uses the word ‘cheap’ as a requirement or virtue you’d soon be able to retire on the proceeds.

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  20. ............Heck, they even sold houses and little economy-minded cars (Allstate)!!!:D
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  22. One of my 1st engine changes was a flathead Mopar in a friend's Plymouth... ran him $398 from the Sears catalog. We had to swap the oil pan otherwise it went well and ran good.
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    You can buy Axalta paint on line from Walmart too. There is nothing that this unethical company won’t try to sell
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  24. Sadly they are the nations largest employer. And many times that job that hasn't any benefits other than a 10% employee discount card pays the highest wages in many localaties. My wife worked at Wally world for 7 years. walking on the concrete finally got to difficult she developed a bad hip. Debbie quit and took a seasonal desk job at a state park and was paid much less money. 10 cents more than the mininum wage and no benefits. Finally She had to get a hip replacement surgery. And decided her day's of working for others where over. I suppose Im helping to kill off the local Auto parts stores by ordering online. However I got fed up with the wait for service. And then the phone would ring and they would rather talk on the phone than actually wait on a customer that was already standing there. And worse yet was the owner operated place where they yakked or texted on their personal Cell Phones. So I don't darken the doors of a auto parts place to pay more $ any longer.
  25. GordonC
    Joined: Mar 6, 2006
    Posts: 2,009


    NAPA used to be my go to store when I lived up in Mass. They had the things I needed and were knowledgable folks. Here where I live in NC they have priced themselves right out of my wallet and after going through a couple owners their help just doesn't have a clue about helping a guy with an old car. I'd do a better job behind the counter! Now I go where I can find the stuff I need at a fair price.
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  26. Actually that's only partly true. They sold many items at a loss to bring in customers. and continued that practice until the smaller places with not as deep of pockets went bust. The $4 prescription plan put a lot of Pharmacys out of business. Their volume buying was impossible for many other places to compete with. Its a planned strategy and they know exactly what they are doing. A local guy had a lawmower and chainsaw shop. Was a Authorized dealer for decades. And suddenly Wal Mart began selling the same exact brand of chainsaw as he was a dealer for. And Walmart was selling the same chainsaws for less that he was buying them wholesale. Right or Wrong -Good or Bad? It is what it is?
  27. arkiehotrods
    Joined: Mar 9, 2006
    Posts: 5,843


    Walmart is trying to morph into Amazon Jr. So they have millions of items for sale on their website that are sold by third-party vendors directly to the consumer, like Amazon. Walmart is not actually selling the items; they are simply serving as a platform for vendors (and getting their cut for doing so).
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  28. Hnstray
    Joined: Aug 23, 2009
    Posts: 11,566

    from Quincy, IL

    I agree with you that it is not that simple......and you raise valid points. The example you give about your local chainsaw dealer may not be so simple either. Typically, a higher value item sold by it’s respected brand name at the ‘big box stores’......such as Walmart, Home Depot, etc., carries a unique and different model number than a very similar appearing item at the franchised dealer.

    For example, HP laptops, John Deere and Cub Cadet lawn tractors, just to name a few. Close comparison of that JD or Cadet will reveal differences in construction details between Big Box and the local implement dealers whose version of the product is better but also more costly. The implement dealer does not have access to the ‘decontented’ lower priced model. It is a two tier distribution system that the manufacturers operate with.

    “There are no goods that someone cannot figure out how to produce more cheaply and sell for a lower price. Those who consider price only are their lawful prey”

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  29. We needed a New refrigerator. And Debbie searched online. Found what she thought she liked at Home Depot. So we drive to Jonesboro. she looked it over and told the sales clerk she wasn't it. Goes and pays cash. and finds out the one she looked at is the display model. Hers will haveto be shipped. Delivery isn't available in our location. So we have to come back to the store and pick it up. A week later we gat a E mail that our refrigerator has arrived. Drive to Jonesboro. They bring it out. I make them unwrap it so I can check for damage. Its not what we ordered. no stainless steel door. not near as many cubic inches. They said we have to reorder. Nope we demand our cash back. It sucks big time. Heck We bought a better frig at a estate auction for a whole lot less. Next time we need something New we are going to the scratch and dent place.
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  30. So the chainsaw Wal mart was selling is somehow different? That still don't make any difference to the authorized dealer who is being cheated. The buying public perceives that its the same exact item. and wrongly thinks the authorized dealer is a greedy crook. The end result is the little guy is harmed and its done on purpose with malice.

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